I'm a wife, mom, and gestational surrogate. I've been blessed to be able to have 2 beautiful daughters of my own and 1 super cute little guy for my former IPs.
With the support of my WONDERFUL family and friends, I'm thinking about doing it again!!
Follow me on my journey...
My Dr appt on Friday was quick and easy (which we like). My belly is measuring right on track, BP is good and I've gained a total of 20 lbs so far. The Dr seems pleased with the way everything is going, so that's great! Dr. Brown was so sweet at our appointment, he told us how excited he was to be a part of this journey and how much he looks forward to seeing us at our appointments. It's really nice to have a Dr that feels this way and is genuinely happy for M&P.
As for how I'm feeling...not to bad. Still having lots of lower back pain, but that's to be expected when you're carrying around an extra 20 lbs! The back pain has seemed to intensify lately though, so I've been using a heating pad, taking warm baths and using lots of pillows while I'm sleeping. I slept in our recliner last night with about 4 pillows, that helped, but it sucks trying to change positions!
Our next appointment is March 21st; I'll be 32 weeks. I think I'll start having more frequent OB visits after that one.
Oh! And my IPs talked about getting a 4-D ultrasound done, so hopefully we will get that scheduled soon. I've never had one, so this will be a 1st for all of us! ☺
This weekend my family and I along with Baby L & his fam participated in the Walk of Hope.
"The Walk of Hope is a day to for the infertility community and those that care about them to come together and raise awareness. People of all ages can participate as a walker or donor and raise awareness of how the disease of infertility impacts families nationwide. Funds raised from the Walk support local programming which includes support groups and educational events, public awareness initiatives, and advocacy efforts to ensure all family building options are available to all."
It was a great event with plenty for the kids to do, we really enjoyed it. Our favorite part was being able to visit with Baby L (who's not really a baby anymore!) and M&M. L is so smart and sweet and he was telling us all his colors, numbers, etc. I LOVE that M&M still include us in their lives, it makes the whole surrogacy process that much sweeter!
Of course we took lots of pics; here are a few of them:
Isn't he the cutest little guy??!! Can't wait to see them again! ♥
So this week marks 29 weeks...approximately 76 days until Miss B makes her appearance!! I'm so excited for my IPs! IM has been getting Miss B's room ready...she's on the hunt for the perfect paint color at the moment ☺ I can't wait to see pics, I know it's going to be beautiful.
Miss B is definitely active, she must get that from her dad (he's a cyclist). She squirms all over the place and sometimes her kicks/punches are pretty dang strong! I have to push on my belly to try to get her to move into a different spot when it gets uncomfortable.
I'm feeling pretty good these days, just the regular ol' lower back pain and getting tired a bit quicker. Speaking of getting tired....man....it's hell trying to clean the house these days! Who knew washing dishes could take so much out of you?? I might have to invest in getting a cleaner out once a week to do the "dirty work"...I attempted to clean the bathroom the other day and yea....not happening.
Anywho, Kevin and I also celebrated our anniversary this past weekend and we went to the spa, movies and dinner. The movie and dinner were good, but the spa was Heavenly! It was the best prenatal massage I've ever had; wish I could get that done on a regular basis!
This Friday (28th) we have a Dr appt; should just be a regular quick check-up, but I'll keep ya posted ☺ Hopefully Miss B will move around so mom & dad can see/feel.
Until next time, here's my 29 week belly! TTYL!
90 days to go...... officially made it to the 3rd trimester, it's getting real, people!
I didn't receive a phone call from my Dr's office regarding my glucose test, so according to my Dr that means all is well and I passed! Woohoo! Girl Scout cookies here I come!! (totally kidding...maybe)
I've been feeling pretty good, physically, aside from daily lower back pain. I have yet to master the perfect sleeping position; I toss and turn all night, but hopefully I can get peace soon. Both of my daughter's have been sick this past week as well, so that doesn't help with getting any sleep either. Relief has to be in sight....soon.
Miss B's kicks/movements have gotten stronger and sometimes it's a little uncomfortable depending on where she decides to have her party. I think M&P will have an active little girl on their hands ☺
Nothing else to report this week...just hangin' out...growing a tiny human, you know, the norm'.
Almost to the 3rd trimester! We're in the double-digit days countdown...97 days left!! This pregnancy seems to be going by pretty quick...well most days, anyway ☺ Of course, the end of the second trimester also marks the end of the so-called “honeymoon” phase of pregnancy, as the final three months can get awfully uncomfortable. Back and joint pain, swollen ankles, restless nights and Braxton-Hicks contractions, joy!
Week 25 was pretty uneventful (which we like). We had dinner at my IP's house on Saturday and OMG...it was soooo yummy!! My IM is a wonderful cook! My IPs also gave me a music belt for Miss B to listen to Baby Mozart. I'm gonna assume that she liked it because she was moving the entire time I had the music on my belly....either that or she was like "hey lady, I'm tryin' to sleep!"
It's a really cool looking belt...it has 4 speakers...surround sound for Miss B!
I'll spare you my stretch mark belly pic with the belt on, but here's how it looks on a totally fake pregnant person:
And here's my 25 week belly pic...I thought it would be fun to compare my belly in the same shirt as my 12 week pic:
As one of my surro sisters said "those circles on your shirt have officially become ovals" :\
So now we are 26 weeks! I've noticed lately that I get short of breath easily and I'm tired a lot faster...guess the pregnancy is catching up with me! I just have to take a little extra time to do things. I really don't want to do anything except lay in bed and ring a bell for Kevin to bring me stuff...but that ain't happenin'...dammit.
Glucose test is on this Friday morning, but other than that it's just another uneventful week!
So here's my big ol' 26 week belly:
...and I don't believe this...
Fetus Size Baby is about the size of a head of broccoli during week 26.
Nothing too eventful happening, which is good. According to Alpha Mom here's what's going on with baby this week:
Is just about a foot long now. I believe it is a tradition to consume a foot-long sub sandwich or hot dog in baby’s honor at this point. I also believe I just made that up.
Is still very skinny looking, with translucent skin, but this will all start changing soon.
Is officially at the edge of viability, and most hospitals would automatically attempt every possible life-saving option if baby were to be born now.
At our next appointment on the 7th I will undergo the glucose screening test to check for gestational diabetes. It’s done at a routine prenatal visit and involves chugging down an incredibly sickly-sweet beverage. (which I happen to like ☺) Then you wait an hour and give a blood sample. (A positive screen does not necessarily mean you have GD; it just means you have to get a whole OTHER, more-monitored test. Joy) But we're gonna hope for the best that I pass!
As for me, I'm definitely feeling more pregnant these days...lower back pain is a bitch! And not only do I have to get up to pee 83 times a night, but once I get back in bed it takes another 10 minutes to get comfortable....by that point it's time to get up to pee again. Vicious cycle. During my last pregnancy I had a great pregnancy pillow, the Snoogle, which Kevin ended up taking over after the baby was born and it has now gone missing...I'm sure it got thrown away (one of Kevin's favorite things to do to items that "don't have a place") I refuse to buy another one though...I just can't make myself spend another $50+ on a pillow that will probably have the same fate as its predecessor once it's purpose is served. Call me frugal. (Kevin will have to be my human body pillow; it's your fault dude, shoulda kept my Snoogle!)
Anywho, that's all for now peeps! Here are my 23 & 24 week pics, I'll TTYL!
This past week was pretty good. I had a get together with some of my surro sisters, we had our anatomy scan, and we went on the hospital Labor & Delivery tour!
Here's a pic from our gtg:
I'm so lucky to have met these ladies! We had a great time and I had a yummy Oreo shake!
Our Dr appt on Monday went well...aside from the fact that my IPs thought the appt was on the 16th! :-) The lady that wrote down our appt didn't have very good penmanship and it looked like she wrote Jan 16 on the reminder card. After I confirmed it was indeed on the 6th, my IPs made a mad dash for the doctor's office! (Only 30 mins til appt and they were an hour away!)
My Dr was gracious enough to give them some extra time to get there and they made it! :-)
Ms. B is measuring right on track and weighing about 1lb1oz. And she's quite flexible! She had her feet up by her head!
The hospital tour was after our appt and I think it made things a little more real for my IPs :) The nurse that did the tour was very sweet and I think IPs got all of their questions answered.
The next day I randomly woke up vomiting and wasn't able to keep anything down, even water. So I ended up going to the hospital to get checked out. They couldn't do much, but did monitor baby and contractions. (Thankfully, no contractions!) They gave me some anti-nausea meds and told me to stay hydrated and rest. It lasted about 2 days, but now I'm back to normal. :) Thank goodness it wasn't the flu...I think I had a stomach bug :\
So anywho, that's all that's happened this week. Kind of eventful; hopefully the next few weeks will be nice and quiet.
Until next time, here's my 22 week belly shot :) TTYL!
I'm so behind, blame it on the holidays! :) Hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and will have a safe New Year. Ms. B (this is what we'll call baby girl for blog's sake) and I will be toasting the new year with some sparkling grape juice. :)
Anywho, we are more than halfway through the pregnancy!! It seems to be going by so fast now, she'll be here before we know it!
I'll catch you up on my belly pics:
Last week I started feeling some movement from Ms. B :) She's not too active right now but I can definitely tell when she's awake!
According to the web she's already about 10.5 inches long and almost 1lb. We'll probably be able to get her actual stats at next week's appointment when we do the anatomy scan.
I'll update after next week's appointment...promise!